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Equine Transportation Law Presentation To Be Featured At This Weekend’s Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow

VHC Equine Education Seminar Series Flyer

     In light of all the confusion that surrounds the new regulations in respect to the transportation of horses, a representative from the US DOT Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be giving informational presentations on the new ELD Mandate and CDL requirements during the 2018 Virginia Horse Festival.  The presentations will take place on Friday, March 23 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. and, again from 2:00… Continue reading

Help Needed To Bring Historic Racing To Virginia & Thoroughbred Racing Back To Colonial Downs

Dear Horseman:

You may have heard a news report in Eastern Virginia about efforts by the Pamunkey Indian Tribe to venture into gaming in the state. We are aware of this information and are monitoring developments. Our single focus right now is finalizing the approval of Historic Horse Racing (HHR) legislation passed overwhelmingly by the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate. If the Governor signs HB 1609, Colonial Downs will be purchased, and Thoroughbred racing will return to the New… Continue reading

Saying Virginia Should Be ‘Open Minded’ On Casinos, Virginia’s Governor Signals Support For Plan To Reopen Colonial Downs

The following appeared in the March 13th Richmond Times Dispatch and was written by Graham Moomaw.

As he reviews legislation aimed at reopening the Colonial Downs track with a new way to bet on horse racing, Gov. Ralph Northam says he has no major misgivings with the proposal and thinks Virginia should be “open-minded” to the possibility of casino-style gambling.

“If this is an opening to more casino gambling in Virginia, that’s something we’re going to have to discuss with… Continue reading

Virginia Stands Out Among Smaller Statebred Programs

The following piece is great new for Virginia breeding industry. It appeared in The Daily Racing Form March 13th and was written by Joe Nevills.

Virginia’s racing and breeding programs sit on opposite ends of the spectrum.

On one side, the Virginia-bred banner has flown proudly over champion Stellar Wind, who became an Eclipse Award winner on the track and topped last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale with a $6 million price tag. On the other, the state has… Continue reading

Virginia OTBs Gear Up For “March Madness” & The Kentucky Derby

With four Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers up and running in Virginia, things are really heating up as Kentucky Derby Day approaches on Saturday May 5th. The Richmond OTBs will offer Derby wagering for the second straight year while the OTBs in Chesapeake and Henry County (Collinsville) will offer Derby betting for the first time in five years.

A series of key Derby prep races continues every weekend through April 14th. One million… Continue reading

2018 Virginia Horse Racing Betting Handle Is On Upswing

Over $16 million in horse race wagering handle was generated in Virginia over the first two months of 2018. A trio of Off Track Betting (OTB) Centers and four partner account wagering companies combined to produce that figure.

Of the OTBs, the Chesapeake site at Buckets Bar & Grill in the Great Bridge neighborhood handled the most with $1,837,817. The Breakers OTB in Richmond’s west end handled $1,526,503 and the downtown… Continue reading

Catholic Boy On To The Florida Derby March 31st

Catholic Boy is a 3 year old that is on the 2018 Triple Crown trail. He is trained by Jonathan Thomas, son of Virginia Equine Alliance’s track superintendent, John Dale Thomas.   

Robert LaPenta and Madaket Stables’ GIII Sam F. Davis S. runner-up Catholic Boy (More Than Ready) will make his next start in the Mar. 31 GI Florida Derby, according to LaPenta’s racing manage John Panagot. This story was originally reported by the Daily Racing Form… Continue reading

A Fresh Start: New Sports Bar & Off-Track Betting Center Open In Collinsville

The following appeared in The Martinsville Bulletin and was written by Ben Williams 

COLLINSVILLE-The Windmill at the Quality Inn Dutch Inn opened its doors Saturday, bringing off-track betting back to Henry County.

Roy Chambers, general manager of The Windmill, said that Saturday was a soft opening for the establishment and that a grand opening will take place later this month, possibly around St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

The Windmill is located within the Dutch Inn where The Flying… Continue reading

Virginia Raised Sadler’s Joy Edges Virginia-Bred One Go All Go In Grade 2 Stakes March 3rd

The following appeared in The Paulick Report March 4th.

Woodslane Farm’s Sadler’s Joy went around the entire 12-horse field, bursting from last-to-first to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park. The 5-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy, ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Tom Albertrani, was off as the 9-5 favorite. In his first run since the Breeders’ Cup, Sadler’s Joy completed 1 3/8 miles over the firm turf in 2:12.93, besting frontrunning One Go All Go by a… Continue reading

Sadler’s Joy Begins Season In Saturday’s Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes

The following appeared in bloodhorse.com on March 1st. Sadler’s Joy, a Woodslane Farm (The Plains, VA) homebred, will kick off his 2018 season at Gulfstream this Saturday March 3rd. He’ll compete in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (Gr. 2) along with Virginia-bred One Go All Go. The race is part of a stakes filled program at Gulfstream, which plays host that day to a key Derby prep — the $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gr. 2). The Mac Diarmida is… Continue reading